Godoy's Army

Spanish Regiments and Uniforms from the Estado Militar of 1800

Charles Esdaile, Alan Perry

Reproduces an unpublished manuscript showing Spanish uniforms of the early Napoleonic era.
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
79 color plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911512653
Pages : 120
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$39.95

Overview
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Based on an extremely rare (albeit slightly incomplete) illustrated version of the Spanish Army’s order of battle as it existed in the year 1800, this work cannot but form a most unusual addition to the collection of anyone interested in military uniforms (or, more specifically, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era). Almost every regiment of the Spanish Army is represented - including such extraordinary units as the Royal Corps of Cosmographic Engineers - while the beautiful full-page, hand-colored engravings of the originals have been supplemented by a transcript of the details (in brief, the senior officers and the uniforms) given in the published edition of the army’s order of battle, to which the album reproduced in the pages of this work was intended to complement. Also included is a substantial introduction to the Spanish Army in the period immediately preceding the Peninsular War - written by the leading expert on the subject - that will be of great interest to any student of that conflict; the soldiers seen in the book are, after all, pretty much the same as the soldiers who suddenly found themselves fighting Napoleon in 1808. A foreword by the current owner of the original - the well-known wargamer and figure designer Alan Perry - explains how the book came into his possession.

About The Author
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Professor Charles Esdaile is one of the leading historians of the Napoleonic era and holds a personal chair at the University of Liverpool. His wide-ranging history of Napoleon's attempt to conquer Spain and Portugal, The Peninsular War: A New History, and his international history of the Napoleonic period, Napoleon’s Wars, are classic works on the subject. Among his many other books are The French Wars 1792-1815, The Duke of Wellington and the Command of the Spanish Army 1812-14, Fighting Napoleon: Guerrillas, Bandits and Adventurers in Spain 1808-1814 and Peninsular Eyewitnesses: The Experience of War in Spain and Portugal 1808-1814.

Alan Perry is a well-known figure designer and wargamer who is currently co-proprietor of Perry Miniatures.

REVIEWS
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"What we have is a marvellous reference that will be a boon to wargamers and figure modellers in providing super detail on uniforms and their colours as worn by the various Spanish regiments in the era of Napoleon and the Peninsula War.”

- Military Model Scene

“ … This is a beautiful book.”

- Miniature Wargames

– “If anyone is interested in the Military from this period, or the history of military uniforms this will no doubt prove a great addition to their collection. Recommended.”

- Britmodeller

“This is a beautifully presented work, exposing the reader to a plethora of information and a dazzling array of uniform colours and styles that I was completely unaware of for an army in this period…I absolutely encourage you to buy this book!”

- Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy

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